Famous Quotes on Self-Care and Well-Being

Self-Care Motivational Quotes

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Director

It’s vital to take good care of yourself through self-care that is personally meaningful. Research has found that people who practice self-care regularly can increase their well-being and prevent burnout, even in highly stressful situations. Let these famous motivational quotes on self-care and well-being inspire you to make time for you:

Learning to love yourself is like learning to walk – essential, life-changing, and the only way to stand tall.” – Vironika Tugaleva

“The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” – Diane Von Furstenberg

“Self-care is how you take your power back.” – Lalah Delia

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes – including you.” – Anne Lamott

“When we self-regulate well, we are better able to control the trajectory of our emotional lives and resulting actions based on our values and sense of purpose.” – Amy Mercree

“When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives.” – Kristin Neff

“When you say ‘yes’ to others make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself.” – Paolo Coehlo

“Do something every day that is loving toward your body and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sensations of your body.” – Golda Poretsky

“In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel ‘burnout’ setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” – Dalai Lama

“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.” – Karl Lagerfeld

“Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause.” – Cecilia Tran

Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brownn

“Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves.” – Nathaniel Branden

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” – Jean Bolen

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” – Etty Hillesum

“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” – Christopher Germer

“When you are compassionate with yourself, you trust in your soul, which you let guide your life. Your soul knows the geography of your destiny better than you do.” – John O’Donohue

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Jack Kornfield

“People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness.” – Sanaya Roman

“Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.” – Anna Taylor

“How we care for ourselves gives our brain messages that shape our self-worth. So we must care for ourselves in every way, every day.” – Sam Owen

“Accept yourself. Love yourself as you are. Your finest work, your best movements, your joy, peace, and healing comes when you love yourself. You give a great gift to the world when you do that. You give others permission to do the same: to love themselves. Revel in self-love. Roll in it. Bask in it as you would sunshine.” – Melodie Beattie

“Acknowledge, accept, and honor that you deserve your own deepest compassion and love.” – Nanette Mathews

“Caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your greatest and grandest responsibility. It’s about listening to the needs of your soul and then honoring them.” – Kristi Ling

“You are a VIP, a very important person. So take care with self-care. If not you, who? If not now, when?” – Toni Hawkins

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” – Aldous Huxley

“Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work that nourish you.” – Susan Kennedy

“The love and attention you always thought you wanted from someone else, is the love and attention you first need to give to yourself.” – Bryant McGillns

“We need to replace your vicious stress cycle with a vicious cycle of self-care.” – Sara Gottfried

“Self-discipline is self-caring.” – M. Scott Peck

“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale

“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small.” – Kim McMilllen

“Self-care is never selfish, but it may feel that way when you live a frenzied life.” – Arthur Ciaramicoli

“With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: ‘I am on my side, I am on my side, each day I am more and more on my own side.’” – Susan Berry

“Self-care is the secret ingredient to soldier care in a recipe that yields many servings of effective leadership.” – Donavan Butler

“Take the time today to love yourself. You deserve it.” – Avina Celeste

“One of the best ways you can fight discrimination is by taking good care of yourself. Your survival is not just important; it’s an act of revolution.” – DaShanne Stokes

“The only person you shouldn’t be able to live without is you.” – Chris McGeown

“Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.” – Parker Palmer

“Self-care is not a waste of time. Self-care makes your use of time more sustainable.” – Jackie Viramontez

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” – Deborah Day